1.19.2011

pagoda 17...

This is the 17th post in the occasional (when I remember it) Wednesday Pagoda series which chronicles the almost 5 years we spent turning a 1970's house we bought "as is" into our home - which we call "Pagoda".  Last time we took a look at the entry.

This week we'll turn left from the entry and tour the living room.  Our living room, I think this one is going to take two days to cover.  Let's look at the before and during.

This is the living room as we saw it on the day we first toured the house.  Yellow shag carpet and gold wallpaper with cork tiles running down the middle.  What you see on the left are cool shoji screen sliding doors (saved those they are stored in the garage right now).  We tore that wall with the window on the left down for an addition to make the room larger, raised the ceiling and filled in the floor to make it all one level (you had to step down into it originally).


This is some of the "during" (we were living in it through most of this by the way)...





This is the original view from the old dining room (which is now part of our kitchen).


This is that same view now...


a bit better yes?

Will look a little more closely tomorrow.

25 comments:

Krystal said...

oh...my gosh. seriously amazing. I want even more pics of that room!

Felicity said...

Brilliant!

I love your vision and your styling - such a bright and chic space to spend time.

Felicity x

The Weaver of Grass said...

Most interesting conversion. You must be so pleased with it.

Margaret said...

OMG gorgeous renovation!!! Congratulations!
I cant wait to see more.

-M
Accessories Please.blogspot

jandjhome said...

You just blew me away. That is an amazing transformation. That last picture looks like its out of a magazine. Incredible!

katie said...

wow! seriously~ i would imagine you could get your home and all your hard work featured in some magazine or newspaper if you wanted to :) amazing and beautiful! must feel really good to have done all this~ best wishes to you and yours!

Jane K. Schott said...

Absolutely fabulous!!!

Maria said...

yep - some magazine needs to do a full spread on your renovation. Seriously beautiful!

Stitchfork said...

Brilliant!
xo Cathy

Laura Ingalls Gunn said...

What a job!

Did you see on Miss Marty's blog (A Stroll Through Life) that she is organizing a bloggy get together on Saturday?

Krysten @ After 'I Do' said...

Oh just a smidge better, hehe.

kroney said...

Your home is absolutely beautiful! Such an undertaking! I think worth all of the living in the teardown along with all of your and AH's hard work, to say nothing of the stress! So glad you documented the process from the beginning.

Nicole said...

wow that is a change!

Andrew H. said...

Wow, nice job with the before and after photos! Even I am impressed. :o) Great work.

MJM said...

I like the couch arrangement!

angryparsnip said...

I adore what you have done to your home !

Your home reminds me of one of my favorite designer Joseph Eichler. When I lived in Southern California I wanted to buy and fix up and live in one of his homes. Never seemed to work out for me though.

I have done some work on my home in Tucson but after 35 years of fixing up and then selling homes with my x I am kind done...

cheers, parsnip

Julie Smith said...

Holy shishkebab! Are you kidding me? This is the most amazing transformation I've ever seen.

Stacey said...

AMAZING transformation! I LOVE EVERYTHING and i'm craving more pics!:-)

Diana Mieczan said...

I cant wait to see more photos...It looks amazing,my dear!!
Kisses

this free bird said...

Oh my gosh this is an in credible transformation!! Can we get some more views of that room?? It is beautiful.

Megan (Best of Fates) said...

Sometimes I think these pagoda posts exist solely to taunt me with the beauty of a home I'll never own.

Seriously - I'm SO in awe.

French Basketeer.com said...

WOW Seriously, WOW. I will be right over to hang the sherbert colored lanterns and party in that living room with your family haha....WOW I am impressed!!! You have created a beautiful space....

quintessence said...

What a SPECTACULAR transformation!! Just beautiful!

Kellie Collis said...

You are amazing! That room looks so gorgeous! Enjoy the lovely day, Kellie xx

pamela said...

did you use the old glass at all? seems like a huge window.
i have no remodel experience and i am not sure i have the vision and patience it takes. you did a great job!